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John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I. Oil painting by Henry Gillard Glindoni.

Author: Henry Gillard Glindoni
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : No Linguistic Content
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The scene is the house at Mortlake of Dr John Dee (1527-1608). At the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Dee was revered for the range of his scientific knowledge, which embraced the fields of mathematics, navigation, geography, alchemy/chemistry, medicine and optics. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and later one of the original Fellows of Trinity College (he declined a lecturing post at Oxford), and he
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Genre/Form: Oil paintings
Named Person: John Dee; Elizabeth, Queen of England; Walter Raleigh, Sir; William Cecil Burghley, Baron; Edward Kelly
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Gillard Glindoni
OCLC Number: 779587855
Description: 1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 152 x 244.4 cm.

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The scene is the house at Mortlake of Dr John Dee (1527-1608). At the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Dee was revered for the range of his scientific knowledge, which embraced the fields of mathematics, navigation, geography, alchemy/chemistry, medicine and optics. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and later one of the original Fellows of Trinity College (he declined a lecturing post at Oxford), and he had an international reputation. In the painting he is showing the effect of combining two elements, either to cause combustion or to extinguish it. Behind him is his assistant Edward Kelly, wearing a long skullcap to conceal the fact that his ears had been cropped as a punishment for forgery.

Queen Elizabeth I paid several visits to Dee's house in Mortlake and gave all her support to his researches. In the picture the Queen sits in the left middleground, Sir Walter Raleigh is on her left, and behind him, holding a staff, is the Lord Treasurer William Cecil, 1st Lord Burghley.

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